1. Incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn has been tagged as the Vulcan candidate (for any slow pokes who are still confused about the superficial contradiction of a big evil corporate developer like Vulcan supporting a bearded lefty who looks like he just biked in from an anti-Nukes rally circa 1978, McGinn is pro pro pro tall buildings and urban development).
However, while individual Vulcan employees are donating to McGinn's campaign—Fizz counts 19 individual Vulcan donors at $3,700 to McGinn, including public players like his former deputy Phil Fujii ($500), Ada Healey ($700), and Pearl Leung ($150)—the company itself maxed out to McGinn's rival state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) late last month at $700. Vulcan itself has not cut a check to McGinn.
And in other positive news for Murray: Yesterday, a troupe of former Tim Burgess supporters—and former city hall bigwigs who were fired or left during the early days of the McGinn administration, including former housing director Adrienne Quinn, former human services director Patricia McInturff, former parks director Ken Bounds, and former acting city lobbying director Linda Cannon—sent out a letter endorsing Murray.
The email began:
Like you, we supported Tim Burgess for Mayor and were surprised and disappointed when he withdrew from the race. And, like Councilmember Burgess, we believe strongly that “Seattle needs new and visionary leadership”and that“It is critically important that we elect a new mayor.”
After evaluating the remaining challengers and their priorities, experience, and skills we now enthusiastically support and endorse Ed Murray for Mayor of Seattle.
2. Evidently having learned nothing from their 2012 implosion at the polls thanks their a nanny-ish obsession with social issues, the Republicans in D.C. are launching yet another attack on women's abortion rights this morning. The house judiciary committee is taking up Republican legislation this morning that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, even in cases of rape, incest or when the pregnancy threatens the woman's health.
Evidently having learned nothing from their 2012 implosion at the polls thanks their a nanny-ish obsession with social issues, the Republicans in D.C. are launching yet another attack on women's abortion rights this morning.
Freshman U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1), who was in a tough race in Washington's newly created swing 1st District last year until her Republican opponent John Koster joined the neanderthal wing of the GOP by proselytizing against abortion rights, is on the judiciary committee and is co-sponsoring an amendment that—Google Roe v. Wade—would add a constitutionally-required exception to the 20-week ban when necessary to protect a woman's health.
3. Yesterday's Fizz broke down the latest fundraising numbers from the mayor's race, but there are also some city council races on the ballot this year. Only two of them are slightly contested, though.
First, longtime City Council member Richard Conlin—almost a Seattle cliche with his studious, fleece and hippie vibe (though to his credit, an early champion of sustainability in the mid 90s, and currently the council's smart aleck contrarian who tacks leftier than he gets credit for)—is being challenged by a young and energetic Amazon employee and 21st Century lefty, Brian Carver.
Carver had an impressive showing in April, raising $25,000. But the latest reports show Carver only raised $11,000 in May, bringing his grand total raised to just $37,000 with $30,000 cash on hand. Conlin raised $21,000 in May for a grand total of $107,000 with $55,000 cash on hand.
In the other contested race, dynamic green urbanist and proud progressive Mike O'Brien (who looks like a 70s tennis star and acts like a 70s activist) is being challenged by Asian-American business favorite Albert Shen. Shen has been outraising O'Brien month to month, but O'Brien—who initially only accepted small contributions to make a point about the corrosive effects of money in politics—matched Carver this month; both candidates raised about $22,000.
O'Brien has raised $63,000 total with about $38,000 cash on hand. Shen is still ahead overall: He's raised $93,000 and has $56,000 cash on hand.